There remain a handful of actions that are generally accepted as off-limits by society today. These include: guzzling the communion wine during mass, sending your kids off on Halloween dressed in white robes and a hood, and messing with the dead.
Someone in Burke County, Georgia, apparently missed the memo on the last item, as authorities there reported that grave robbers broke into caskets in an isolated cemetery and removed clothes from the bodies of Confederate and Revolutionary War veterans.
Investigators said grave robbers turned over head stones at Old Church Cemetery in Waynesboro, Ga., pulled caskets from the ground and removed the clothes from the deceased, leaving their bones exposed.
The robbers also disturbed graves containing children’s bodies, according to the Waynesboro True Citizen.
The cemetery is in a secluded location and has been a burial site since the 1700s.
An official with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office said he believes the grave robbers were searching for relics, The Telegraph reported.
“Any of the artifacts that would have been buried on some of these soldiers is most likely what the grave robbers were hunting for, whether to keep them for themselves or to sell,” Sgt. Sean Cochran said.
Of course, the question as to why someone would want clothing that had been on a decayed corpse can only be answered by the perpetrators, one supposes.
While investigators have been unable to determine exactly when the desecrations took place, in part because of the cemetery’s secluded location, they say they’re confident they will catch the culprits.
“They are going to sell it to the wrong person,” Cochran said. “They are going to say something, they are going to do something and somebody is going to tell me.”
Efforts are underway to properly re-bury the soldiers and children, according to the publication.
(Top: Desecrated grave from Old Church Cemetery, Waynesboro, Ga. Photo Credit: WJBF-TV.)